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Winter Luxe Wedding at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: Janice + Graham

December 31, 2018
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Good morning! When I shared todays bride, Janice, in her knitted jumper and sparkly wedding dress on Instagram a few weeks back, well you loved it, a lot! I’m delighted to be sharing her wedding to Graham at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum today. Their day was incredibly stylish and filled with a family centred feel, as well as stunning details throughout. I hope you enjoy and have a great time welcoming in 2019 later! Happy New Year from all at Promise HQ, see you on the other side! xx 

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Couple: Janice + Graham 

“We had our first date in the Bureau bar in Whiteabbey. I was late (as usual) and Graham very nearly went home! What was meant to be an afternoon coffee date turned into coffee, dinner, and a bus trip into Belfast for drinks until late.”

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

The Proposal

“We were on a city break in Berlin for a few days. Following an intense day viewing the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall, Graham decided it was the perfect romantic moment to propose… 

When we got back to the hotel that night Graham suggested a walk by the river. We’d been walking all day, so I wasn’t fussed, but went along with it. Then he insisted on going up to the hotel room to change his trousers before we went, which I also didn’t understand. Turns out the ring box wouldn’t fit in the pocket of the ones he had on! On the walk Graham got down on one knee and proposed in the moonlight on the banks of the River Spree, and I cried onto his face.” 

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Wedding date: Saturday 2nd December2017 

Ceremony: Omagh Meeting House, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Reception: Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Our Planning

“We really just wanted to be surrounded by friends and family and for everyone to have a great day. Graham has two sons, and it was a priority to feel like it wasn’t just a marriage between two people, but a family being expanded. I also love dancing and wanted to make sure everyone got on the dance-floor and let loose! 

On a practical level, it was important to us that the venue was convenient for people – that it wasn’t too far away from where most of our friends and family lived, and then that people didn’t have too far to travel between the ceremony and the reception. We looked around quite a few venues, but as soon as we viewed the ceremony and reception venues at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum we knew it was the place for us – it was beautiful, a bit different and ticked all the boxes.”

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Our Budget & Suppliers

“We didn’t really set a budget. We just accepted that it would cost what it would cost. Though we did have a very detailed spreadsheet recording every penny spent as we went along, so we always knew where we were financially. We were really lucky in that both sets of parents were very generous.

We had a few suppliers that we knew we wanted to be part of our day. I had seen Adam from The Just Adam Band at a friend’s wedding a few years before and thought he was brilliant – really charismatic, with great tunes and so good at getting everyone up and dancing. Apparently they were incredible at our wedding, though we hardly saw them as we were so busy chatting to people. Somehow we managed to entirely miss a conga line going through the whole venue! 

Graham’s friend also has a son – Scott Macaulay – who is a singer-songwriter and was on Let It Shine. He came and did an acoustic set for us during the milling-about part of the day and was fantastic – he got rave reviews from guests! 

Our photographer Lynn Stanfield is an old family friend – she lived next door to us growing up and I’ve known her since I was born, so we never even considered anyone else.

Also my Uncle (Derek Kernoghan at DKNI) is a florist, so he was a must-have! He very generously did all the flowers and decoration as a wedding gift.”

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Our Style 

“We went with a cosy Winter luxe theme. I’m not a particularly sparkly kind of person, but I ended up buying a fully sequinned wedding dress and that set the ball rolling! The bridesmaids were in sequins, my mum was in sequins, the flower girl had sequins – there were sequins everywhere! I wanted lots of candles and a roaring fire, but our venue didn’t allow naked flames, so we went with lots of fairy lights instead, meaning even more sparkle!  

Having said that, I really wanted to balance out the sparkle and sequins with different textures, so I wore a woolly jumper as my cover-up, and my mum knitted all of the bridesmaids gorgeous aran cable-knit wide scarves. Unfortunately we managed to miss getting photos of the bridesmaids in them! I wanted our flowers to feel very loose and natural to avoid things feeling too glam, so there was a lot of wild greenery with some cream and white blooms. 

We also had a very understated star theme, with a star cake topper, little star bangles for the bridesmaids, a subtle galaxy design on our wedding stationery, and I walked up the aisle to City of Stars from LaLa Land. (Graham put his foot down at star cufflinks for the groom’s party.) There’s a bit of a long story behind it, but ultimately it just felt fitting for an almost-Christmas wedding!” 

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

My Dress

“My dress was called Caitlyn by Karen Willis Holmes. Though I loved my dress in the end, I didn’t particularly enjoy shopping for it. I think I’d watched too much Say Yes to the Dress and expected some huge emotional revelation, when actually it’s just some clothes! There’s so much pressure on brides to look perfect that it can kind of steal the fun of getting to try on lots of lovely expensive gowns.” 

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Bespoke Touches

“My Mum is a great crafter and surprised us with a lovely cross-stitch she had hand-made with the details of our wedding, which we displayed at the entrance to the church. 

As a combined favour and name-setting, I wanted each person to have a little cactus or succulent in a personalised pot, which as it turns out is easier said than done. It turned out to be a real family affair! Since we couldn’t find any small navy plant pots anywhere, my poor Dad ended up spending hours in his garage in the depths of winter spraying and re-spraying multi-coloured plant pots navy! My aunt hand-stamped over 100 personalised gold name-plates, and since we were trying to be organised, my florist uncle ordered the plants nice and early, but they seemed to grow really quickly and we ended up with a few monster cacti with my Dad desperately trying to stunt their growth!

We asked both sets of parents for photos of their weddings, and their parents’ weddings, so we had a lovely display of vintage family wedding photos going back to four sets of grandparents. 

Graham was put to work building the table plan display, the idea of which I’d stolen lock, stock and barrel from Pinterest!”

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Our Advice

“To be well organised, have a comprehensive to-do list and make sure you tick at least a few things off it every week. We were surprised with the amount of planning required. It’s like taking on a part-time job on top of your existing job and all your other commitments!

Accept all the help that’s offered for tasks that you can delegate, and keep a money spreadsheet! The night before the wedding, have a time after which nothing else is being done. At about 8.30 the night before the wedding, I sat down to fish, chips and a glass of wine with a big bunch of family, and it felt like the celebrations began then. From that point onwards everything went like a dream, and we had an idyllic, relaxed, fun day.”

Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield
Ulster American Folk Park winter luxe wedding by Lynn Stanfield

Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony: Omagh Meeting House, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Reception: Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Photographer: Lynn Stanfield Photography, Belfast. 

Wedding dress: Caitlyn by Karen Willis Holmes, from Ivory and Pearl Bridal Boutique, Comber. 

Bridesmaids dresses: Purchased online.

Alterations: Sheila’s Alterations, Whiteabbey.

Hair: DaniBelle Wedding Hair, Belfast. 

Makeup: By Kerri Professional Make-up Artist, Lisburn. 

Grooms wear: Red, Belfast. 

Stationery: Papier

Cake: Cakes by Jenny G, Newtownards.

Flowers: Derek Kernoghan at DKNI, Newtownabbey. 

Bridal cars: Northern Ireland Wedding Cars.

Entertainment: The Just Adam Band, Scott Macaulay

Honeymoon: We spent two weeks in Zanzibar at the Ocean Paradise Resort.

Real Couples

Boho Romance: Emily + Daniel’s Sublime Summer Wedding at Corick

December 17, 2018

Good morning!

I’m guessing a lot of you wedding planners have hung up that hat until the new year? I don’t blame you, Christmas is only around the corner and sure, there’s plenty of time (and weeks!) in long old January to get back into the swing of wedding prep, enjoy the festivities! 

Today’s wedding is the last we’re sharing in 2018 and wow, we’re going out on a high! Emily and Daniel’s June wedding was ultra stylish from the very beginning and is full of inspiration for your wedding day, huge thanks to photographer, Simon Hutchinson Photography for sharing their photos.

Couple: Emily + Daniel Johnson

“We met at a young peoples meeting at church in Banbridge Baptist. Daniel and his friend came over afterwards to talk to me and my friend and the next day he added me on Facebook and it started from there!”

The Proposal

“We got engaged 10 months after meeting (when you know, you know). We had talked about marriage from the beginning. One weekend Daniel said lets go out for a walk and when we got out it was raining and I wasn’t pleased about getting wet but he insisted we get out. Eventually after me moaning he suggested we got into the car to go get food but he ended up stopping somewhere else! We got out and he told me that he was going to send me a text and I had to read it out to him. Daniel had sent me a poem and he got down on one knee! Such an exciting day!”

Wedding date: Monday 4th June 2018 

Ceremony: Lurgan Baptist Church 

Portraits location: The Argory, Moy 

Reception: Corick House Hotel, Augher 

Our Planning

“We loved planning our wedding. The hardest part was pricing everything at the beginning! My top priority was my dress, hair and makeup and the finer details of the day. Choosing our cars was hard as we wanted Land Rover Defenders but couldn’t get them. I was happy with my choice in the end but it wasn’t what we originally wanted.” 

Our Style

“We wanted our wedding day to have a romantic and bohemian feel. I used Instagram and Pinterest to find what I loved. The one supplier I had to have was The Posy Barn from Magheralin! I actually based our wedding date around her availability.

My favourite shade is nude/blush so that’s what I went for my maids dresses. I didn’t want anything too formal so I opted for multiway dresses with a tulle overlay on the skirt.

For the grooms wear Daniel wanted a country style theme, something relaxed! We visited Statement Menswear in Portadown and chose a navy suit with very slight check which was exactly what we were looking for.”

My Dress

“Choosing my dress was easy peasy! I always knew I wanted and Anna Campbell dress and I found the perfect one at Ivory & Pearl in Comber.” 

Our Advice

“Don’t stress too much about the finer details and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. It’s only about you and your husband to be. Write a list of the photo that you want.” 

Wedding Suppliers

Reception venue: Corick House Hotel, Augher.
Wedding dress: Ivory & Pearl Boutique, Comber.
Bridesmaids dress: Victoria Lou Bridal.
Grooms wear: Statement Menswear, Portadown.
Photographer: Simon Hutchinson Photography, Belfast.
Cake: Cake Couture NI, Bangor.
Flowers: The Posy Barn, Magheralin.
Bridal cars: Groom Wedding Cars, Banbridge.
Videographer: Screencraft Productions, Killinchy.
Entertainment: Eternity Socials
Hair: Chocolate Blonde, Markethill.
Makeup: Sian Cullen Makeup,  Antrim. 

Real Couples

Deirdre + David’s Spring Wedding

December 3, 2018

Hello! How was your weekend?

We had a lovely one with some Christmas shopping, cosy nights in and my nephews 4th birthday party. It’s Blogmas day 3 and we have a very special real wedding to share – our Blogging Bride Deirdre and her husband, David’s celebration at Lough Eske. We’ve been so excited to share their beautiful day, from the styling to the sweet personal touches throughout, we just know you’re going to love it!

You can catch up on how Deirdre and David met and got engaged here.

Couple: Deirdre + David O’Neill 

Wedding date: Friday 4th May 2018 

Venue: Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal 

Our Planning

“We started off with picking the time of year we wanted to get married and then started looking at venues. Once we set the date, we focused on the band and photographer and then chilled out for a while. We made every planning decision together, but David mostly managed the finances while I did most of the spending. Once we decided that we’d like a May wedding, we looked at the maximum we could save each month until then and that figure became our budget.

We decided the three most important things to us were the music, the food and the craic so we focused on these areas. We booked a three-piece called ‘Viva Manila’ to play before and during our meal and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. We definitely tried to save where we could – we got our invites and save the dates from Vista Print and because we had our ceremony and reception at Lough Eske, we didn’t need to worry about cars. For favours, we ordered mini jam jars from eBay and filled them with Jägermeister with a tag that said, ‘take a shot we tied the knot!’ which didn’t break the bank and gave everyone a boost of energy after the speeches.

We were also very lucky that we had so much support from our family and friends. David’s parents did a lot of decorating for the venue, they even built a customised selfie frame! And two days before the wedding I came home from a nail appointment to find my Mum had literally pulled out a rosemary bush from the back garden and had my Dad and sisters cutting it up and tying rosemary twigs to bay leaves with a little thank you note for each guest.”

Our Style 

“We didn’t set out with a particular theme, but as the wedding planning went on we seemed to be picking a lot of greens, creams, and pale pinks which tied in with the spring time of year. I also wanted a lot of greenery in my bouquet and because we were planning for an outdoor ceremony, we went for very relaxed flowers and tried to “bring the outdoors in” with our décor. I’m not sure where balloons came into the theme but as I had four little pageboys I gave each of them a little feather filled balloon to walk down the aisle with. One popped in the middle of the ceremony which was pretty funny!”

My Dress

“I had no idea what style I liked or what would suit me, so I didn’t take my first dress appointment seriously at all. I just had the craic with my mum and sisters and I tried on all different types of dresses. It definitely helped me realise what I didn’t like. After that, I started to do a bit of research and fell in love with Claire Pettibone dresses. Ivory and Pearl in Comber is the only place in Northern Ireland that stocks them, so I made an appointment. Kate, the owner, is so friendly and just understood exactly what I wanted (more than I did) and I ended up picking my dream Claire Pettibone dress that day. I loved how it was silk which made it so comfortable and light, so I was able to dance the night away.”

Our Highlights

David: The outdoor ceremony was definitely a highlight for me. I always loved the idea of getting married outside, but I know how much of a long shot that is in Ireland. There had been thunder storms the week leading up to our wedding, so when the sun came out that morning it just set the tone for the whole day.

Deirdre: The whole weekend had so many highlights for me. From the night before, having a sleepover with my bridesmaids at the hotel was so much fun as we sat around in our robes drinking gin and reminiscing! Getting ready the next morning was so relaxed, apart from the screams we let out when we saw the limo pull up the driveway with all the boys in it! Coming back from photos and seeing guests with their sunglasses on, sipping French 75s and having a jive session during the pre-reception was amazing. And last but certainly not least, heading into Donegal town the next day for round two and having a guilt free curry cheese chip at the end of the night to mark the end of the wedding diet was a fabulous moment.

Our Advice

“It’s so cliché but it really is the best day of your life so just soak it all up and enjoy every minute. 

A few weeks before the wedding I broke my left thumb and had to have surgery, I was worried I was going to have to wear a cast on the day but a week before the wedding my surgeon removed the cast and gave me a small sleeve that was a lot less noticeable. I jazzed it up a bit and sewed some lace around it to take the ‘medical’ look from it and it worked a treat! 

It’s easy to feel stressed the week leading up to your big day but try to let go and hand over to the professionals. When you go off for photos, it’s a good opportunity to have some private time together and remember what it’s all about!”

Wedding Suppliers 

Photographer: This Modern Love 

Venue: Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal. 

Wedding dress: Claire Pettibone from Ivory & Pearl, Comber. 

Veil: Visionary Veils, Belfast. 

Bridesmaids dresses: Ghost. 

Groomswear: Remus Uomo and Magee suits from McElhinneys, Ballybofey. 

Hair & MUA: RoCo, Derry. 

Cake: Sugar & Lace, Derry. 

Flowers: John Paul Florist, Derry. 

Floral hoops: Sass and Halo, Derry. 

Videographer: Simba Star Media, Derry. 

Ceremony entertainment: Ardu vocal ensemble.

Pre-reception music: Caitlin McLaughlin from Velvet Rose.

Dinner music: Viva Manila. 

Evening entertainment: The Jukebox Jurors.

 

Real Couples

Whimsical Wedding with Polish Influences: Shona + Rafal

November 7, 2018
Tullyveery House

Tullyveery House

Good morning gorgeous ones! What a day – honestly, I love autumn but the crisp, crunchy leaves version, not this torrential soaked to the bone kind! 

I hope your week has been great, I am having a very busy one with a very fun night approaching on Saturday. I’ll be sharing some of the details on Friday but THIS MAMAS GOT A NIGHT OFF!! I am going out out and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Thanks for all the love and messages on last weeks wedding of Ashlea and Tim, you all have brilliant bridal taste and yes it was as epic as it looked. Today we’ve another lovely couple to share, Shona and Rafal. Married at Tullyveery House, their day was elegant and stunningly styled whilst filled with fun traditions from Rafal’s homeland of Poland – vodka shots anyone?! Hope you enjoy… 

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Tullyveery House

Tullyveery House

Couple: Shona + Rafal Kozak 

“We first met when we were both working at the Irish Open in Portrush, which took place in 2012. We worked together for a few years and were friends, until Rafal asked me to go for ice cream one day after work in 2014 – it was a very spontaneous date, but at least I didn’t have time to be nervous or stress over an outfit!”

Tullyveery House

Tullyveery House

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The Proposal

“Rafal proposed to me at White Rocks Beach, just down from where we first met. It was Boxing Day 2016 and he had asked me to go for a picnic – I thought he was mad! We would’ve gone to White Rocks quite a lot though, so I didn’t suspect anything. When we got there and set up our picnic, he was too nervous and worried about it raining, that he just went on ahead and asked me straight away! I was so taken aback, I replied “are you sure? Because I’m really annoying!” Probably not the movie moment response he expected! He pulled a navy box out of his pocket, and asked me once more – I replied yes that time!”

Tullyveery House

Tullyveery House

Tullyveery House

Tullyveery House

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Wedding date: Saturday 9th September 2017 

Venue: Tullyveery House, Killyleagh 

Our Planning

“Working with events and weddings, we already knew a lot of the suppliers that we wanted to work with so we didn’t spend a lot of time shopping around. It was more just getting quotes and then booking the suppliers who we were really interested in having.

Rafal is originally from Poland, and all of his family were coming over for the wedding so we knew it was going to be really important for us to embrace both cultures and make sure everyone had an amazing day. We wanted a relaxed, fun day with lots of craic and little stress. That was why we decided to have our wedding all in one venue, and we provided a coach service for guests to get to the wedding and to take them home at the end of the night.

Rafal and I both worked for Posh Nosh for many years, and we knew there was nobody else that we could have to provide the catering – it was great to create a bespoke menu and to know that our food would be of an extremely high quality and using all local produce, which was important for us to showcase to our Polish guests. All of our guests commented on the amazing food and portions throughout the day.

We had also spent a lot of time at venues throughout Northern Ireland, and none compared to Tullyveery House. We did look at a couple of other venues, but Tullyveery was always the frontrunner. Colin, Heather and Gwen were fantastic to work with, and went out of their way to ensure we had a great day. They were also a massive help for us in creating our multi-cultural wedding and having some Polish aspects to the day. To be fair, however, we would highly recommend all of our suppliers – they were fantastic and we would recommend them to anyone!”

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Our Style

“The style we wanted to go for was romantic and whimsical, with lots of pastel colours. We worked with an events stylist to help us achieve this style, Blue Moon, who were amazing and really helped to achieve this. Marie from Marie Cafolla Flowers was unreal – she knew better than I did what my style was! I gave her a very vague idea of what I wanted to capture, and she completely embraced my ideas and brought them to life. I think working with a great stylist and florist is so, so important.” 

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My Dress

“I absolutely hated dress shopping! I found it so stressful, I hate shopping in any instance and so for my wedding dress it felt like such a pressure and weight hanging over me! I originally wanted a princess dress but every one I tried on I looked like a little girl playing dress up! It was only when I went to Forever Bridal in Finaghy that Leondra talked me into trying something that was a tighter fit – the first dress I tried on was the one! It was a crepe dress with lace cut outs at the waist, a small delicate crepe belt and lace cap sleeves that continued on around the back.” 

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Our Highlights

“For Rafal’s toast, we toasted with a shot of traditional Polish vodka which his parents brought over for us for the wedding. The photos of peoples’ faces taking the shots are hilarious! His parents also performed a Polish blessing at the end of our ceremony with Holy Water from his church in Krakow, and then they gave us a gift of Bread and Salt – the bread is to symbolise that you may never go hungry in your marriage together, and salt to symbolise the richness of your lives together.” 

Tullyveery House

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Our Advice

“Don’t sweat the small stuff – there were so many things I had over-analysed and thought out in fine detail, that on the day, I didn’t even notice! Also, eat!! In all the excitement, I probably didn’t eat enough that morning and when getting our family photos, I went completely white and fainted! It’s quite funny looking back, I felt so bad for our photographer Jonathan Ryder, ha! But yes, get that bacon § into you before you leave the house! 

We set a budget, however, we found it extremely difficult to stick to – there was a lot of things that we didn’t really think to budget for (as awful as it sounds!) like gifts for the bridal party, gifts for our parents, beauty treatments coming up to the wedding, order of services (oops!), clothes for honeymoon etc. I found having a spreadsheet was great – I listed each supplier, what we had paid so far in deposits/instalments, and then had a remaining balance column with a running total at the bottom. It really helped to (somewhat) control spending and also manage our finances leading up the wedding.” 

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Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Tullyveery House

Dress: Mikaella from Forever Bridal

Bridesmaids dress: Eliza & Ethan from Forever Bridal 

Accessories: Argento

Groomswear: Focus Menswear 

Photographer: Jonathan Ryder Photography

Cake: Cake Couture NI 

Flowers: Marie Cafolla Flowers

Bridal cars: David Andrews Wedding Cars

Videographer: Amber Tree Filmhouse

Entertainment: Sharon Graham Pianist, Off the Scale Music and The Breakfast Club

Hair: Dani-Belle Wedding Hair

Makeup: Deborah Harper Make-Up & Beauty

Catering: Posh Nosh

Event Styling: Blue Moon Events 

 

Real Couples

Casual & Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate: Ashlea + Timothy

October 31, 2018
Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Happy Halloween! 

It has been far too long since we’ve shared a beautiful Northern Ireland wedding but today we are putting that right with Ashlea and Timmy’s stunning summer wedding. 

Life with four kids has been, for want of a better word, manic and blogging has fallen further down the priority list – until now, we have a bag full of amazing weddings (amongst other things) to share over the next few months, so bring on winter! We’ve got plenty of beauties to make it colourful and exciting! I hope you’ll stick with us on this journey, and please do get in touch if you have a wedding to share, or simply want to chat! Much love, Em x 

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Couple: Ashlea + Timmy Hall 

“We first met at his cousins wedding who I played hockey with. After countless plane journeys and long distance phone calls to Glasgow where Timmy worked and lived for the first 2 years of our relationship we both knew it was for life.” 

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

The Proposal 

“Timmy proposed in June 2017 after two years of living in London together for work. I was told on a Monday that on the Saturday we were going into the centre of London for the day and that I needed to pack something nice to wear as we were staying over. He had the whole day planned out (even went to the bother of writing out a timetable in his notes app on his phone). We spent the morning walking around some of our favourite spots and had a lovely lunch in Covent Garden. After this we went back to the hotel to freshen up. We then travelled down the River Thames on one of the boats after which he took me to my favourite bridge overlooking Big Ben and the London Eye where he got down on one knee (after talking the biggest load of rubbish obviously due to nerves). Me being me got so embarrassed I told him to get up! Our day was finished off with champagne in one of the tallest building in London followed by dinner in City Social which overlooks London at night.” 

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Wedding date: Saturday 14th July 2018 

Venue: Larchfield Estate, Lisburn

Our Planning

“When it came to looking for a venue we always wanted somewhere that would allow us to have informal day that would be fun for our guests as we tend not to take ourselves too seriously. Larchfield was the first venue we went to view and as soon as we drove through the front gates we just felt it was right. We cancelled the rest of our viewings and put our name down for the only date they had left in July. Everything else just kind of fell into place.” 

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Our Style 

“Colour schemes were soft pink and pastel green which was decided to fit around the venue and also our bridesmaids dresses. Our theme was laid back and romantic. I love fairy lights which is ideal at Larchfield Estate. We also wanted our friends and family to enjoy their day by not being too formal so we decided on summery things like a BBQ and outdoor garden games and even had the speeches outside before dinner also which worked a treat.”

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

My Dress

“Mum and I started the search in London before I moved back home again. However it didn’t get too far. We went into one shop and it was basically like ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ with bells being rung when someone picked their dress and all future brides trying on dresses in the same huge dressing room, including all their entourage watching on – so embarrassing!! When I moved back to Northern Ireland my search continued without much success. I had saw a dress in a shop that I was going to settle for before my very last appointment at Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique. The girls were amazing and I can’t recommend them highly enough! It was the very last dress that I ever tried on. When the bridal consultant described it to me I turned my nose up and said I didn’t like the sound of it. It looked like nothing on the hanger but I decided to try it anyway as I had nothing to lose and instantly fell in love! My mum and chief bridesmaid’s faces said it all when I came out of the fitting room.” 

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Our Highlights

“The day went by like a dream but too quick!! Honestly one of the best days of our lives and we are constantly saying how we want to do it over again. We had the most beautiful weather in July also and were very lucky to get one of the hottest days of the summer. Our highlight was being able to share our day with our friends and family and to see what we had been planning for months come together which can be hard to visualise at times. I loved getting ready with my girls on the morning of the wedding also and spending time with them with some Prosecco and good laughs.”

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Our Advice

“Have fun and don’t stress! It will all work out on the day and don’t worry if something doesn’t go the way you planned, no one will notice! 

Don’t get hung up on what other people will think, remember it’s YOUR day!” 

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

 Romantic Outdoor Summer’s Day at Larchfield Estate

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Larchfield Estate

Dress: Badgley Mischka from Petticoat Lane Bridal

Bridesmaids dress: Motee Maid from Petticoat Lane Bridal

Accessories: Deborah K Design

Grooms wear: RED Groomswear

Photographer: Jake Samuels Photography 

Cake: Cupcakes By K

Flowers: Flowers By Mee

Bridal cars: Star Car Hire & I Do Wedding Cars

Drinks reception music: Andi Mac 

Entertainment: The Untouchables

Hair: Pro Hair By Catherine

Makeup: Maid By Sinead

Stationery: Keady Row 

Light Up Letters: Elite Events NI

Catering: Old Barn Catering

Games: This Old Home

Photo Booth: The Picture Bus

Real Couples

Dramatic Burgundy & Lavender Colour Palette for A Spring Wedding: Zoe + Marty

September 11, 2018

Adam and Grace

Hello, how are you all? The last month has flown by in a crazy blur of back to school activities but we are back today with a super stylish wedding by Adam and Grace Photography. 

Autumn is definitely on our doorstep and I bet lots of you 2019 brides-to-be are in full on planning mode! This Sunday, 16th September we are hosting a bridal event in the Bedeck Store in the Linen Green, Dungannon. Love at the Linen Green is back for another year and with an awesome line-up of local wedding suppliers, and the chance to win a fabulous king size bed from Dreams I think you’ll want to be there! The show runs from 1-5pm and I can’t wait to meet you all to chat all things wedding! 

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Couple: Zoe + Marty Young 

“We first met 12 years ago on a night out. Marty was friends with my sister and she introduced us. As we were both shy, it wasn’t until six months later that we had our first date. We went to the cinema and bonded over our mutual love of movies. For our wedding, we decided that our table names would be the names and quotes from our favourite movies as a nod to our first date.” 

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

The Proposal

“We went on holidays to Ios, Greece in July 2015. We were on the balcony of our hotel at sunset when Marty got down on one knee. I, of course, said yes.” 

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Wedding date: Friday 21st April 2017 

Ceremony: Church of the Sacred Heart, Cloughoge, Newry

Reception: Johnstown Estate, Enfield, Meath

Our Planning

“We’re both quite laid-back people so wanted to make sure we gave ourselves plenty of time to plan our dream day. We had over a year and a half to plan so we organised each element of the day bit by bit. We had visited Johnstown Estate for my 30th birthday and loved the amazing food, picturesque surroundings and friendly staff so we knew it was the ideal venue for our wedding reception. After we had booked our date for the venue and church, we booked the photographers, videographer and band. Everything else just flowed from there. We set a rough budget but made sure that we had all the things that we really wanted. We worked out how much each element would cost and then saved up for it. 

As Marty is a chef and I’m a food-a-holic, the food was extremely important to us! We were delighted that what we spent on the venue, it really paid off as the food and the venue were both stunning. We also wanted to make sure we had a photographer and videographer that captured the vibe of our day and gave us beautiful memories to look back on. The wedding day goes by in a flash so we were thrilled when we got our photos and video as they captured so many great moments throughout the day.”

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Our Style

“We didn’t have a specific theme for the wedding day, we just wanted the day to be relaxed and fun. The burgundy of Marty’s suit contrasted beautifully with the lavender of the bridesmaids’ dresses and this helped me decide on a colour palette for the wedding flowers. Other than that, we just chose the things that we liked best and everything came together really well!

Marty had initially wanted a navy suit but changed his mind when he set his sights on a burgundy Herbie Frogg 3-piece suit in Bogart Menswear in Newry. Neil in Bogart was amazing with all the suggestions he made and the boys all looked very dapper in their suits.” 

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

 

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

My Dress

“I had a tricky time getting a wedding dress due to my very curvy body type. I loved beading and heavy embellishment but unfortunately when I tried on these types of dresses, they just didn’t suit me. Twelve shops later and I was beginning to get worried! I found my dress at a Ronald Joyce trunk show in Creative Ideas in Armagh. I loved the lace and low back on the dress and felt amazing when I put it on.”

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Our Highlights

“The highlight for both of us was getting married in front of all our family and friends. We had such an amazing day and were so happy that the people we love could share it with us!”

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Our Advice

“Things don’t always go to plan with weddings, it’s important to enjoy the run up and tackle any problems with a cool head. The day flies by so quickly so don’t worry about anything that goes wrong, just enjoy the craic with your family and friends! We had a near disaster with the cake! When we arrived at the reception, Tamara, the wedding coordinator told us that our cake baker had not arrived with the cake. When Tamara had phoned her, the baker said she had thought the wedding was the next day! We decided not to panic as not having a cake was a small glitch in an otherwise perfect day. When the cake arrived round 10pm and wasn’t decorated in the style I had requested, my sister and Tamara used some flowers to decorate the cake and most of the guests were none the wiser!”

Adam and Grace

Adam and Grace

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Johnstown Estate, Enfield.

Wedding dress: Creative Ideas Bridal, Armagh. 

Bridesmaids dresses: The Wedding Gallery, Carrickmacross. 

Groomswear: Bogart Menswear, Newry. 

Hair: Aisling Mullen from Edge Hairdressers, Newry.

Makeup: Shauna McCoy Make Up & Beauty, Newry.

Bridal headpiece: Bespoke by Roslyn, Crossmaglen.

Flowers: Lily and Lace Flowers, Camlough. 

Photographer: Adam and Grace Photography.

Film: A Cinematic Life.

Bridal cars: Lawlor Chauffeur Service, Dublin. 

Church music: Andrea Delaney.

Band and DJ: The Mixtape, Dublin.

Stationary: DMC Designs, Crossmaglen. 

Real Couples

White Rocks Adventure Session by LIT Photography

August 7, 2018

If you’ve followed me here, on Facebook or Instagram for any length of time, you’ll know my love of the glorious North Coast (so much so I can’t say the North Coast, always ‘the glorious North Coast’!). Well today we have a fun and relaxed adventure session on White Rocks beach with awesome couple, Josh and Emma. Their carefree and fun attitude is easy to see through the images and they even managed a quick splash in the sea. The session was captured by the very talented (and total Instagram goddess!) Lauren from LIT Photography. Thanks for getting in touch and sharing this gorgeous bunch of images with us Lauren! Now over to words from the lady herself…

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

“Josh and Emma have been together since they were at school and are such a fun laid back couple. They love coming to Portrush for dates on the beach so we had a fun date night shoot. It wasn’t styled, but we pushed the boundaries a little with some adventures in the sea. We all had the best laugh and so much fun. I had a vision of what I really wanted to achieve, but these two surpassed that and more with their fun nature. Adventure sessions are probably my favourite type of session because you really get to know couples and have a lot of fun. With the unreal locations right on our doorstep on the Causeway Coast, there’s nowhere better to explore.”

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

LIT Photography | The Promise NI

To see more of Lauren’s beautiful work visit www.litphotographyni.com.